A new Louisiana law requires drivers on multi-lane highways to remain in the right lane unless they are passing another vehicle or preparing to perform certain other driving maneuvers.

A new Louisiana law requires drivers on multi-lane highways to remain in the right lane unless they are passing another vehicle or preparing to perform certain other driving maneuvers.

The law (Act 190) was approved by the Legislature this year and took effect in August. State Police began actively enforcing the new left lane for passing law on Oct. 1.

“This new law should help traffic on multi-lane highways flow smoother and reduce congestion,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission encourages all drivers to be aware of the law and follow it strictly.”

The law requires drivers to travel in the right lane when on a multi-lane road except under the following conditions:

- When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or private road or driveway.

- When passing another vehicle that’s moving in the same direction below the posted speed limit.

- When right-hand lanes are congested.

- When emergency vehicles are parked on or near the right shoulder and have their emergency lights activated.

- When directed otherwise by law enforcement.

Offenders of the new law can be fined up to $100, imprisoned for up to 30 days, or fined and imprisoned.

Southwest Daily News